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#BeFreeNYC: Dominique Ansel's favorite free thing in New York City

By Dana Varinsky
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Our week of free is coming to a close! Each day, we've been keeping you in the loop about the best free events in NYC and giving you exclusive offers at some of our favorite spots around the city. But just in case we haven't convinced you that enjoying this city can come at zero cost, we have also let notable New Yorkers tell you about their favorite free things to do each day. So far, we've heard from actress Allison Williams, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan author Lev Grossman, and comedian Maria Bamford. Our final recommendation comes from chef Dominique Ansel, creator of the cronut (as well as the sundae in a can, the pretzel lobster tail, and the chocolate-cherry cookie shot). Here's his pick:

On my way to work in Soho I walk past some half-a-dozen art galleries. There's something great about galleries in New York—they're like small, free museums. See something you like in the window? Just walk right in and browse around in an intimate and uncrowded setting right up close. It's one of my favorite things to do on a lazy weekend—back when I use to have those—to look for inspiration.

The talent pool is amazing here. The artists that have made it to a gallery in New York have a definite point of view and skills. One of my favorite places to visit is the David Zwirner Gallery, which does great installations from the Yayoi Kusama "Infinity Room" to Doug Wheeler's work. When you find a gallery you like, it's like having a boutique museum curated just for you.

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